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Boys Volleyball: 2016 West Season Recap

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Beaver County Christian claimed its first WPIAL title with a 3-0 upset of four-time defending champion Ambridge in the Class AA final. The title comes in the eighth year of the program.

The Class AA final was a rematch, as Ambridge beat Beaver County Christian twice in section play.

"I'm shocked," Beaver C.C. coach Christen Adels said. "I never thought this would be a 3-0 match. We lost in five and then lost in four. I thought we could win, but I never thought we would sweep Ambridge."

Beaver County Christian jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and increased its lead to 13-5, but the Eagles allowed Ambridge to battle back and tie the match at 21-21. The Eagles eventually pulled out a 29-27 victory and took charge from that point.

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Boys Volleyball: 2016 West Photo Recap

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The following photos feature boys volleyball teams from the area's West zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2016 season.

2016 0422 BeaverCC BVolleyball(Photo: Quinn McCracken was one of four Beaver County Christian players voted All-WPIAL last season. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

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Boys Lacrosse: 2016 West Season Recap

Written by Joe Koch on .

The Moon boys lacrosse team is one of the younger programs in the WPIAL, but the Planets did themselves proud by advancing to the semifinals of the WPIAL Division 2 tournament this season.

The Planets ousted No. 4 seed Penn-Trafford, 11-5, in a first-round game before falling to Mars, 15-11, in the semifinals. This loss came against a Planets' team that won 15 games by double-digit margins en route to a 19-1 record and the WPIAL Division 2 championship.

If Moon is able to duplicate – or exceed – this year's achievement during the 2017 season, then a berth in the PIAA tournament is a possibility. Next year, teams will be configured according to enrollment, and Moon will be competing in Class AA.

 

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Girls Lacrosse: 2016 West Season Recap

Written by Joe Koch on .

After coming so close last year, the Blackhawk High girls lacrosse team made plenty of history with a 7-5 victory over Mars in the final WPIAL Division 2 girls championship game on May 26 at Highmark Stadium.

Next year, the sport will be configured in Class AAA and Class AA, and that means qualifying teams in both alignments are eligible to compete in parallel PIAA tournaments. The season just completed was the final one in division play, where only Division 1 teams could compete in a statewide tournament.

Enough about next season. The season just completed offered plenty of drama for both the Cougars and the Planets as it was the third time the non-section teams had competed this season.

True to form, the championship game was the winner-take-all game for more than the obvious reasons. After losing to Mars, 9-7, in the opening game of the regular season, Blackhawk never tasted defeat again. The Cougars evened the season series with a 12-9 victory over the Planets before meeting again in the championship game.